It's been said and written that Terrell Suggs, who has seven sacks this season, has recaptured his 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year form after an injury-plagued 2012. But those who know him best insist that they're watching an even better player, one who is combining physical skills with a deeper knowledge of the game, an increased focus and a stronger desire to lead.
Transportation officials are warning of major traffic congestion in South Baltimore — and bracing for its spread into the downtown area — as lane closures and other traffic changes take effect near the site of the new gambling complex south of M&T Bank Stadium.
Ravens standout nose tackle Haloti Ngata is listed as questionable on the injury report even though coach John Harbaugh said that the Pro Bowl defensive lineman is set to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens regard Rodgers and a stacked group of offensive weapons as just as dangerous if not more so than a Denver Broncos offense headlined by quarterback Peyton Manning.
Just five days ago, the Ravens were left with only three healthy wide receivers for their game against the Miami Dolphins. When they put out their inactive list about 90 minutes before Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, they figure to have significantly tougher decisions to make.
For 38 years Tom Brown has had their ear, in part because he has two Super Bowl rings and a resume to back him up. Green Bay's second-round draft pick in 1963, he initially spurned the Packers — then the NFL champions — to play baseball instead. An All-American at Maryland, where he led the Atlantic Coast Conference in hitting (.449), he was wooed by the Washington Senators who dangled a $12,000 bonus.
However, the Ravens still look like a team trying to find some consistency and in search of an offensive identity. With the Houston Texans struggling and the Dolphins still trying to establish themselves as contenders, the Ravens also are a without a signature win, albeit at a very early juncture of the season.
The Baltimore Ravens know they have to account for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb at all times Sunday. Whether he is lined up in the slot, the backfield or somewhere else, Cobb is a playmaker that the Packers use all over the field to create mismatches.
No doubt, Ravens fans are both pleased and relieved after Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Justin Tucker toughed out Sunday¿s 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium, but the key to that win and the one they hope to get this week against the Green Bay Packers was the upgraded pass rush.
Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie's pass-blocking breakdowns against the Miami Dolphins were part of a chaotic game for the Ravens' offensive line that eventually overcame miscues and back spasms to left guard Kelechi Osemele in a 26-23 win at Sun Life Stadium.